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Spaghetti Junction

The Gravelly Hill Interchange in Birmingham, England - the original Spaghetti Junction

"Spaghetti Junction" is a nickname sometimes given to a complicated or massively intertwined road traffic interchange that resembles a plate of spaghetti. The term was originally used to refer to the Gravelly Hill Interchange on the M6 motorway in Birmingham, United Kingdom.[1] In an article published in the Birmingham Evening Mail on 1 June 1965 the journalist Roy Smith described plans for the junction as "like a cross between a plate of spaghetti and an unsuccessful attempt at a Staffordshire knot", with the headline above the article on the newspaper's front page, written by sub-editor Alan Eaglesfield, reading "Spaghetti Junction".[2][3][4] Since then many complex interchanges around the world have acquired the nickname.


  • By country 1
    • Australia 1.1
    • Canada 1.2
    • Germany 1.3
    • Ireland 1.4
    • Japan 1.5
    • New Zealand 1.6
    • South Africa 1.7
    • United Kingdom 1.8
    • United States 1.9
      • Alabama 1.9.1
      • Arizona 1.9.2
      • Arkansas 1.9.3
      • California 1.9.4
        • Inland Southern California
        • Los Angeles County
        • Northern California
        • Orange County
        • San Diego County
        • Ventura County
      • Colorado 1.9.5
      • Connecticut 1.9.6
      • Delaware 1.9.7
      • District of Columbia 1.9.8
      • Florida 1.9.9
      • Georgia 1.9.10
      • Hawaii 1.9.11
      • Idaho 1.9.12
      • Illinois 1.9.13
      • Indiana 1.9.14
      • Iowa 1.9.15
      • Kansas 1.9.16
      • Kentucky 1.9.17
      • Louisiana 1.9.18
      • Maine 1.9.19
      • Maryland 1.9.20
      • Massachusetts 1.9.21
      • Michigan 1.9.22
      • Minnesota 1.9.23
      • Mississippi 1.9.24
      • Missouri 1.9.25
      • Nebraska 1.9.26
      • Nevada 1.9.27
      • New Hampshire 1.9.28
      • New Jersey 1.9.29
      • New Mexico 1.9.30
      • New York 1.9.31
      • North Carolina 1.9.32
      • Ohio 1.9.33
      • Oregon 1.9.34
      • Pennsylvania 1.9.35
      • Rhode Island 1.9.36
      • South Carolina 1.9.37
      • Tennessee 1.9.38
      • Texas 1.9.39
      • Utah 1.9.40
      • Virginia 1.9.41
      • Washington 1.9.42
      • Wisconsin 1.9.43
  • See also 2
  • References 3

By country





  • Red Cow interchange is a major road junction in west Dublin, Ireland on the M50, meeting the N7 Naas Road (to Cork and Limerick) at a free-flow grade separated junction which incorporates a light railway line. The junction was approved and built between 1972 and 1973 to help accommodate the increased flow of traffic coming into Dublin from commuter areas to the west of the city.


  • Japan, somewhat colloquially, has adopted the term "Tentacle Junction" in lieu of the Western phrase.

New Zealand

South Africa

United Kingdom

United States





Inland Southern California
Los Angeles County
Northern California
An aerial view of San Francisco International Airport near San Bruno, California. A spaghetti junction connects the passenger terminal roads to U.S. Route 101.
Orange County
San Diego County
Ventura County




District of Columbia



The four level stack with frontage roads
  • DeKalb County outside Atlanta.
  • A massive interchange in downtown Atlanta with Interstate 85 (Downtown Connector), Capitol Avenue, Central Avenue, Fulton Street, Pryor Street, and Windsor Street.
  • Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
  • Duluth.




Aerial photo of the Circle Interchange, looking southwest, Chicago.





The Kennedy Interchange in Louisville.











New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina




Philadelphia International Airport centred upon the spaghetti junction interchange on Interstate 95.

Rhode Island

South Carolina




The "Spaghetti Bowl" in South Salt Lake, Utah.




See also


  1. ^ a b "Spaghetti junction". English Collins Dictionary.  
  2. ^ Addison, Paul (2010). No Turning Back.  
  3. ^ "Spaghetti Junction myth is untangled". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Moran, Joe (2010). On Roads.  
  5. ^ Interchange of Hwys 401, 427 and 27, Ontario (Map).  
  6. ^ Six Points Interchange, Etobicoke, Ontario (Map).  
  7. ^ Byers, Jim (7 January 2008). "Untangling Etobicoke's messy Six Points interchange If the late Jane Jacobs had nightmares, they looked like this".  
  8. ^ Map of interchange on Google Maps (Map).  
  9. ^ Chartres, John (18 December 1970). Spaghetti Junction' opens, without warning signs"'".  (subscription required)
  10. ^ JJohnson, W.M. "A627(M) Rochdale–Oldham Motorway".  
  11. ^ Larsen, Dave (September 6, 2012). "Malfunction Junction crashes down 90%".  
  12. ^ End of the road in sight for $1 billion Grapevine project,  
  13. ^ I-95?395/495 Interchage (Map).  
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